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Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital

Target-Oriented Advice

Our Mergers & Acquisitions Group features lawyers with diverse backgrounds, training and specializations, all of whom have a distinctly international outlook. As a result, we offer clients a dedicated team that has the experience and size to handle every type of transaction across all relevant industry sectors, from complex start-up financing rounds over private equity deals to large cross-border projects.


Schellenberg Wittmer advises SIX Group on the acquisition of Aduno SA
Schellenberg Wittmer advises Skullcandy in its sale of ASTRO Gaming to Logitech
Link - Online commentary on Swiss takeover law by our M&A Practice Group.

„amazing analytical and negotiation skills“

Chambers Europe/Global

Key Contacts

Dr. Lorenzo Olgiati
Jean Jacques Ah Choon


  • We act as lead counsel or special Swiss counsel in all types of mid-sized and large-scale transactions;
  • We advise public and private companies, private equity and venture capital funds, family offices, directors, managers as well as individual entrepreneurs and investors from around the world;
  • We are regularly engaged in domestic and cross-border auctions, complex acquisitions, public takeovers, mergers, corporate restructurings and joint ventures in all industry sectors;
  • We handle all aspects of investment and divestment transactions, including sophisticated tax structuring, acquisition finance, merger control, capital markets and fund structures;
  • We are seconded by leading experts in tax, real estate, intellectual property (IP), information and communications technology (ICT), data protection, life sciences, competition/ merger control, employment law, banking and finance, trade and transport, insurance, trust law and insolvency and restructuring.

Our experience includes:

  • Legal counsel in the public merger between two SIX-listed companies, Perrot Duval Holding SA, a Swiss holding company focused on certain sectors of automation technology, and Infranor Inter AG, a highly reliable partner for demanding servo-drive, servo-motor and motion control solutions;
  • Legal, regulatory and tax counsel to SIX Swiss Exchange listed Julius Baer Group, a globally active leading Swiss private banking group, in its acquisition of WMPartners Vermögensverwaltungs AG, Zurich, a major independent asset manager, followed by a merger with another company of the Julius Baer Group to create one of the largest independent asset managers in Switzerland;
  • Lead counsel in the merger of TWINT (PostFinance) and Paymit (SIX), creating the leading Swiss mobile payment solution TWINT 2.0, together with Credit Suisse, UBS, PostFinance, Raiffeisen, Zürcher Kantonalbank and Banque Cantonale Vaudoise;
  • Swiss counsel to SIX-listed ams AG, a leading worldwide supplier of high-performance sensor solutions headquartered in Austria, in its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Heptagon Advanced Micro-Optics Pte. Ltd., Singapore, for up to USD 855 million in cash and newly issued and SIX-listed ams-shares;
  • Counsel to Private Equity Fund EMERAM in its joint investment with the target's management team in Swiss Xovis AG, a world-class provider of person tracking technology;
  • Counsel to Philip Morris Equity Partner Sàrl (a company of Philip Morris International) in its investment in Biovotion AG, a leading manufacturer of wearable medical monitoring devices;
  • Counsel to Skullcandy in their sale of the ASTRO Gaming business to Logitech in a USD 85 million cash deal;
  • Counsel to EFG International, a Swiss listed private bank in the acquisition of BSI SA, Lugano, one of the oldest Swiss banks, from Banco BTG Pactual, Brazil, for a preliminary purchase price of CHF 1.060 billion to be paid in cash (CHF 575 million), CHF 86.2 million in EFG shares (CHF 454 million), and CHF 31 million of AT1 instruments.  The combined bank became one of the largest private banks, with combined AUM of ca. CHF 148 billion;
  • Lead counsel to SIX Group AG and SIX Payment Services AG. in the acquisition from Aduno Group of 100% of the shares in Aduno SA, a Swiss company active in the acquiring and terminal business (card acceptance and processing);
  • Counsel to the Canton of Grisons (Graubünden) and Axpo Holding AG, the two main shareholders in SIX-listed electric power company Repower AG, in connection with Repower's strategic repositioning, delisting and refinancing.

Deals & Cases

Schellenberg Wittmer advises Santhera Pharmaceuticals in exclusive License Agreement with Polyphor

Schellenberg Wittmer advises MoneyPark AG in its acquisition of Finovo AG

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly ranked amongst leading law firms across international directories and publications:

  • Chambers Global and Europe in Corporate / M&A
  • Legal 500 in Corporate & Commercial/ /M&A
  • IFLR 1000 in M&A
  • WWL Switzerland and across WWL M&A and Corporate Governance international guides
  • Expert Guides in M&A


Selected Publications